In other news Monday, Google announced it has moved its search engine from China to Hong Kong to circumvent censorship laws on the mainland and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that new settlements in East Jerusalem would undermine the peace process in Middle East, in a speech to a pro-Israel lobbying group. Continue reading
In 2005, the Authors Guild brought a lawsuit against Google for digitally scanning books without permission of the books’ authors. In November 2009, a court approved an amended settlement between the Guild and Google that gives authors the option of opting out.
In other news, Wall Street posted gains Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers that interest rates should remain low. Also, demonstrators clashed with police in Athens after another strike by workers aimed at government plans to freeze wages to solve the budget crisis. Continue reading
Chinese officials openly criticized President Obama’s decision to meet with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Thursday. Beijing warned that U.S. recognition of Tibet as an independent state would further strain Sino-U.S. relations. Jeffrey Brown speaks to two experts about recent tension between the nations. Continue reading
Ursula Le Guin, best for her works of science fiction and fantasy, has been writing and publishing novels, children’s books, poetry and drama for over four decades. In December, she withdrew her membership from the Author’s Guild because she disagreed with the organization’s stance on the author settlement offered by Google in its plan to digitize millions of books.
On the heels of a U.S.-China dispute on Internet freedom, Jeffrey Brown speaks with democracy and media experts about the debate over how countries monitor — and sometimes restrict — access to the Internet. Continue reading
In other news, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that the Senate health care bill is unlikely to succeed in the House unless significantly altered, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Internet companies to resist censorship worldwide. Continue reading
In other news, President Obama and union leaders reached an agreement on taxing high-cost health care plans, and a suicide bomber killed 20 people in Afghanistan. Continue reading